Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Says Its Employees Are Against Collaborations With US Border Agencies

Duncan Oleinic - August 16, 2019

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) may not enter a cloud computing contract with one of the US border agencies. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency had earlier expressed its intention to work with the search giant. However, the plan won’t go through because Google may eventually bow to the opinion of its employees.

Employees pin down Google

The employees filed a petition to bar the company from making the move. The lawyers representing the employees highlighted the death toll of seven immigrant children under US custody. They also cited the “zero tolerance” immigration policy that the Trump administration supports.

If the petition goes through, a number of agencies will be affected. These include the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), CBP and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

The Search giant’s employees require that the company makes a public declaration as soon as possible regarding the matter. They believe the right thing is for Google to make a commitment by stating that it won’t be supporting the agencies. They are against any direct or indirect support being offered to CBP, ICE or ORR.

The employees’ ultimatum

These agencies may miss out support in the line of engineering resources, funding or infrastructure from the search guru. One of the lawyers representing employees outlines that the move is targeted towards disciplining these agencies. The trend may continue until they stop their engagement in the human rights abuse.

The petition indicates that time has finally come to say no to evils of these agencies. An official working with the company confirms that they have already obtained the signs of over 500 employees. He adds that it was in July when the specific contract the petition relates to got posted for the first time. However, the official can’t tell whether or not the search guru had already bid for the project. He also doesn’t know if the company has any such plans underway.

The ongoing petition happens to be the most recent sign of discontent among the Company’s employees. Every now and then for quite some time now they have been complaining regarding the way the search giant has been conducting its business.

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Duncan Oleinic

Duncan Oleinic is from New Yourk. After graduating with a degree in physics, he began his career as an analyst in a broking firm. Through this experience he was able to advance to the role of correspondent for a U.S based financial news provider, where he worked from 2001 to 2007. He subsequently joined a merchant banking firm as a financial analyst focused on valuing unlisted companies in the sub-continent. Over the course of his two years here, he performed valuations of several media companies which were later acquired by peers.

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